Irene graduated from the MA International Relations Program in 2016. She is from Mexico City, Mexico and completed her Bachelor's degree in Philosophy in 2010.
Where do you currently work and what do you do there?
Currently, I'm the Executive Director of Impunidad Cero, an NGO that researches absences of rule of law in Mexico.
As Executive Director I oversee all the projects of the organization and decide which topics of injustice to research. I also establish alliances with other organizations to improve access to justice in Mexico. I get to manage and work with an amazing team.
How did the IR Program prepare you for what you're doing now?
The IR Program gave me the necessary skills to analyze complex political situations. It also gave me the necessary tools to understand a variety of topics I need for my job.
Why did you choose the IR program at NYU?
I reviewed different programs online. I was interested in studying in New York because I wanted to do an internship related to Civic Tech. Fortunately, I was accepted at the GovLab in NYU and worked for a year there.
Which was the class you most enjoyed? And the one in which you learned the most?
I really enjoyed the class "Political Risk and Prediction" of Professor Aziz and learned a lot from the classes of Professor Ammendola.
What advice would you give to future students of the program?
Do not waste the opportunity to do an internship while taking classes, New York has multiple places to intern and that is an invaluable experience.
What was your favorite place on campus? What did you like best about student life at NYU?
The 8th floor of Bobst! I absolutely adored this place. It was an incredible place to read and work with the most amazing view of the city.
What was the best thing about living in NYC?
Being able to walk in Central Park whenever you felt like it! And having everything to do, museums, theatre, movies, food, etc.
Last updated: February 27, 2019